FREEDOM FEST CHILDREN’S PARADE SEEKS ENTRANTS
Spirited youngsters are invited to enter the annual Freedom Fest Children’s Parade. Sponsored Western Star Vending, Pearle Vision, Yukon, and the Ladies Library Club, this popular tradition is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, July 4, at Yukon City Park, 2200 S. Holly. This dynamic event is coordinated by the friendly Mabel C. Public Library staff and energetic volunteers. Participation is FREE!
The parade course begins just north of City Splash pool and circles around the sand volleyball court and pavilion. Advance registration is now open at the library, 1200 Lakeshore Drive. Registration forms are available at the library, or you can register online at www.yukonok.gov/Freedom-Fest. Participants may also register on-site beginning at 10 a.m. on July 3 north of City Splash pool. Parade categories include ages four and under, ages five to eight, ages nine through 12, and groups.
Participants should arrive by 10:45 a.m. for check-in and staging. Entrants line up, and the parade begins promptly at 11:00 a.m. The library staff leads the parade in playful costumes inspired by this Summer’s reading program theme: Oceans of Possibilities.
Parking is available at Freedom Trail Playground or the Yukon Community Center.
Children are encouraged to wear patriotic costumes and boldly decorate their bikes, tricycles, wagons, pets or floats with a patriotic or other theme. No gasoline powered All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), please. An inspired description of the child’s parade entry is requested, which is read aloud as each child passes the judge’s stand. Judging the competition are Mayor Shelli Selby, Library Board member and former Librarian Sue Kilmer, and Friends of the Library President, Susie Grimes. Yukon Chamber Director, Pam Shelton, will emcee the event.
All participants receive a goodie bag, and the top three entries in each category receive an additional award!
The Mabel C. Fry Public Library is proud to be a part of Freedom Fest! For parade information, contact the library at 405-354-8232 or visit www.mabelcfrypubliclibrary.com.
For more information about Freedom Fest, visit the City of Yukon’s website at www.yukonok.gov/freedom-fest.
Freedom Fest is hosted by the City of Yukon. Sponsors include YNB; The Kirkpatrick Family Fund; iHeart Media; 96.1 KXY; The Oklahoma Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Schwarz Paving Company; Wesco Insurance Services; Krapff Reynolds Construction Company; Integris Canadian Valley Hospital; Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services; Ingram, Smith and Turner Mortuary; BancFirst; Oklahoma Natural Gas; OG&E; BOK Financial Securities; and Oklahoma Chevy Team Dealers.
Freedom Fest is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov.
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at arts.ok.gov.